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MARITAL BLISS: 15 EPILEPTIC COUPLES TO SHARE THEIR 'SUCCESS' STORIES

ven as most epilepsy patients have a tough time in finding a match, there are many couples in Pune who have a different and happier tale to tell. Fifteen such fortunate couples would be sharing their experiences with other epileptic patients during a get-together of support group to mark its tenth anniversary on Sunday.

Organised by Indian Epilepsy Association and Sanvedana Foundation Epilepsy Support Group, the event will be held at G L Apte Sabhagruha on Apte Road between 9 am and 1 pm. Epilepsy Support Group (ESG) founder Yashoda Wakankar, Sanvedana Foundation trustee Radhika Deshpande, epileptologist Dr. Nandan Yardi and activist Mohan Phatak said that the most important aspect of the ailment is to come forward for treatment so that the patient and family can manage the disease.

Wakankar said that the support group, started ten years ago, has 500 members who regularly participate in weekly counseling sessions and other activities. With the help from Gauri Kanitkar who runs Anuroop Marriage Bureau, Sanvedana organised two marriage camps and 15 couples are now leading a happy life and managing epilepsy.

Dr Yardi said it is a neurological disease and can be treated with medicines. He made it clear that even though it depends on the severity of the disease as to how much normal life he/she would lead, most patients after treatment for around two years can lead a normal life.

Wakankar said the patient is normal throughout the day except for a few minutes of epileptic attack that lasts not more than 3-4 minutes. Wakankar and Phatak said that generally people tend to hide the disease for fear that it would create problems in arranging marriage, but it is necessary to disclose it with due precautions. Yardi said that case papers can be exchanged and shown to each other’s doctors so that the married life can be happy and if at all epilepsy is hereditary for both then doctors advice them to not go for marriage.

Celebrities with the ailment

Yardi and Wakankar said that there are many famous persons, including Leander Paes, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and cricketer Jonty Rhodes who are epileptic. Other personalities who were epileptic are Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander the Great and former cricketer Late Tony Greig.

The most important aspect of the ailment is to come forward for treatment so that the patient and family can manage the disease

 

— ESG founder Yashoda Wakankar, Sanvedana Foundation trustee Radhika Deshpande, epileptologist Dr. Nandan Yardi and activist Mohan Phatak

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